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Old 04-16-2010, 02:08 AM   #1
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The Glock Armorer at the gun shop I purchased my Glock 17 Gen4 instructed me to NOT clean my gun until I had fired 200 rounds through it.

But the owners manual says to field strip it and clean and lube prior to first shots.

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Im leaning towards what the gun shop said. I took my Glock apart and it looked pretty lubed up to me.

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Old 04-16-2010, 03:28 AM   #2
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Don't clean off the factory lube, it's there to aid W break in, so just shoot it a whole lot, then clean it when you have it all broke in nice.

ETA: all you need to do is check the chamber and barrel for excessive filth and obstructions and if it looks all clear you are GTG, then just get busy shooting, and stop worrying.

I don't even use lube when I CC my Glock, I just try to keep it dust, dirt and lint free.

(Hey whats a few dry rounds up to a few Mag.'s in an emergency gonna hurt W a Glock.)

But if I was going to take it for a range session then I would lube it for sure.

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You don't want to scrub off that copper-colored stuff. But do clean it before you shoot it.

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When I first got my 19 I didnt clean it prior to shooting but I did give it a once over inspection to make sure it was good to go. Once I got a couple hundred rounds through it I field stripped/cleaned it and lubed it with some break free LP and it hasnt given me any problems.

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I opted for the No cleaning! 300 rounds no problems!

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While not Glock-specific, I decided to run my XD 9 dirty just to see if there was a perceptible difference. I cleaned it at the first FTE (Don't recall how many rounds of what ammo I'd shot, but it was a lot) and came to the conclusion that no material damage had had been done to the components, so that if there was a malfunction, it as either the ammo, the debris in the system from lack of cleaning, or me having a floppy wrist.
The machining tolerances in firearms are inconceivably tight. Think "Watchmaker" or 'Lensgrinder". Fouling, whether by metallic debris or combustion leftovers will definitely have a negative effect on your firearm. Keep it clean, and keep it lubed. Reduce the buildup and fight wear. Clean the crap out of the bore. While I recognize that break-in is a wonderful thing, preservation is more wonderfuller..... gooder....

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Incorrectly lubricating a Glock will actually lead to problems. Generally speaking, a small amount of lubricant on the slide rails is all you need.

Here's something awesome to help you out: Become a Glock Sport Shooting Foundation member. Then shoot a GSSF match once a year, they have Glock reps there that will inspect your pistol for wear and tear and replace anything that needs fixing, including help with cleaning and lube. I'm not saying to avoid cleaning and lubing your gun, just that most people I find do it WAY too much with Glocks. Once a year has worked great for my Glocks, and I shoot them much more often than the average Glock owner.

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